HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — A bicyclist died Wednesday night in a hit-and-run crash on North Dale Mabry Highway.
Officials say the victim, a 23-year old Tampa man, was riding his bicycle westbound across Dale Mabry just south of Hamilton Avenue when he rode in front of an SUV. The crash occurred around 8:15 p.m.
The Florida Highway Patrol says the driver, who was driving south on Dale Mabry at the time of the crash, got out of his SUV and ran away after hitting the bicyclist.
The victim's parents spoke to ABC Action News at the scene of the crash. They want the suspect found.
“If anyone could help us. Please help us. Cause we don’t have nothing,” said his father. "They need to find the driver and they need to prosecute him to the fullest extent. Because [he] didn’t deserve to die."
The SUV's driver is described as a dark-skinned man with a medium build and short hair. He was last seen wearing a red shirt.
Anyone with information regarding the crash, including the identity of the SUV driver, is asked to call the Florida Highway Patrol at 813-558-1800 or Crime Stoppers at 800-873-8477.
Troopers closed down North Dale Mabry and Hamilton Avenue while traffic homicide detectives investigated the crash. The road has since reopened.